Livia Ortolani

Agricultural Economist

At the age of 13, Livia went for a trip  to Guatemala with her family and since then she wanted to do something useful to improve people’s life, and she has started to build her own personal vision of what ties the people of the world. She ended up studying Geography and working with Organic Farmers for more than 10 years. She thought that being and agronomist would have been important for her interaction with farmers. Eventually, she realized that not being an agronomist is indeed an advantage when working in participatory research and she developed a skill in the mediation between farmers and researchers. In Scotland, she met the concepts of uncertainty and complexity and ended up doing a Phd in Economics focusing on sustainability and innovation in agriculture. She is now a scientist, with experience in the coordination of multidisciplinary research activities.